Gossip column: Bale, Rose, Fellaini, Martin, Sturaro, Wagner

Football gossip

Manchester United will try to sign Real Madrid's 28-year-old forward Gareth Bale next summer. (Daily Mirror)

United believe they can help Wales international Bale overcome his fitness issues and are not put off by the series of injuries he has recently suffered. (Guardian)

Chelsea will have scouts at Inter Milan's match against Atalanta on Sunday to watch centre-back Milan Skriniar, 22, and 30-year-old midfielder Antonio Candreva. (FC Internews)

Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro is not close to moving to Newcastle United despite reports suggesting otherwise, the 24-year-old's agent says. (Evening Chronicle)

Napoli have entered the race to sign Espanyol's 20-year-old defender Aaron Martin, who is a target for Manchester City and Manchester United. (Sport - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal to sign Hoffenheim's 29-year-old striker Sandro Wagner. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will try to sign Tottenham's 27-year-old left-back Danny Rose in January. (Sun)

Turkish club Galatasaray are keen to sign United's 29-year-old midfielder Marouane Fellaini in January. (Sun)

Meanwhile...

The projected cost of redeveloping Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium has risen to more than £1bn - which would make it the most expensive ground in Europe. (Times - subscription required)

Blues manager Antonio Conte says he will keep his new beard as long as his side continues to win games. (Evening Standard)

And the Italian has defended his midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who he says was injured and was not available for recent England duty after national team coach Gareth Southgate said the 27-year-old declined the call-up. (Daily Express)

La Liga president Javier Tebas says Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium could be closed as a possible punishment if pro-Catalan independence chants are deemed in breach of Spanish league rules. (Marca)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his Spurs side will always have a core of English players. (ESPN)

Swansea boss Paul Clement says he has "no regrets" over selling Jack Cork to Burnley as the midfielder prepares to face his former club on Saturday. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher says training against former team-mates Roy Keane and Paul Scholes was harder than Premier League matches. (Daily Record)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says that Real Madrid "have taken all the good kids" in Spanish football. (Marca)

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune criticised Tottenham striker Harry Kane for the challenge that resulted in him sidelined for six weeks. (Independent)

Guardian sport section on Saturday
Guardian sport section on Saturday

Best of Friday's gossip

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to take advantage of defender David Luiz being unhappy at Chelsea by luring the 30-year-old to Old Trafford. (Daily Express)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been given the green light to make a new bid for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk, 26. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham boss David Moyes could sign Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, for £28m in January. (Daily Express)

Real Betis believe they are close to pulling off a massive coup by convincing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, to move to Spain. (Sun)

Wales boss Chris Coleman, 47, is interested in taking over as manager of Sunderland. (Daily Mail)

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